Monday, February 22, 2010

My next chapter

Hey guys, as the playoffs are heating up back in Australia I have landed a new job in Germany. I'm playing for a team out of Bamberg which is 170 kms east of Frankfurt called Brose Baskets. I've had a single training session so far and made the early morning flight to Bilbao, Spain to play tomorrow night against Bilbao. I have an American coach Chris Flemming and the team has quite a few imports. Everyone speaks english on the team which has made it a lot easier than what I had imagined and everyone seems to get along which is great. 

My take on the playoffs so far is that home court advantage will remain to hold going into game 2 of the semi finals. If both games go to three I'd expect Perth and Wollongong to feel the pressure of winning at home. However the outcome plays out everyone still involved should relish in the opportunity of playing finals basketball. 

Bis nächste Zeit ein Bier für mich hat

Monday, February 8, 2010

Playoffs, the final week and Legends

So the Tigers are out of the playoff race and now we can focus on the playoffs. First off without looking at the fox sports schedule for the last round ..... PACK YOUR BAGS AND TELEVISE THE PERTH V TOWNSVILLE GAME.... it's what the fans want. First versus third, Homicide verse Martin/Robbins and the Jungle, and basically a gift of a playoff game a week early. 

Perth, Gold Coast and Townsville should be scratching and clawing there way to try and get top spot on the ladder. It's no secret that if Perth get home court advantage they'll be the toughest team to beat in the finals. It's something about playing over there. It's not the crowd or Lachy Reid, who both do a great job in getting involved in the game it's something I can't put my finger on or able to write about, one of the two.

Gold Coast I thought had hit there straps at the right time but a loss to the gong away has pushed them back to third. Gibbo is playing at a high level and the bigs have been animals on the boards. 

I expect Perth to end up on top with a win against Townsville while GC might slip to third due to having to face a white hot New Zealand in NZ Thursday followed by an emotional Tigers outfit Saturday at the cage who will send out two NBL legends Anstey and Mackinnon. 

Townsville will slip into second with a win against the 6ers Wednesday at home followed by what should be a cracker on Saturday with the Cats. Townsville have been the quietest team in the playoff picture but could possibly make the loudest noise. The big question is this year's NBL MVP Homicide going to deliver on his promise of bringing a championship to the swamp.

Wollongong need to win there last two games games to keep New Zealand out. I expect them to split there last two with a loss against the Tigers at home followed by a win in Adelaide Saturday. New Zealand need the Hawks to drop at least one and win both of there games against the Blaze and the Snakes.

Overall Wollongong would be the feel good story of the year if they make the playoffs. People will be looking in the rear view mirror a little closer if the Breakers make it in. Anyway you look at it the finals should be exciting viewing.

As I end this post I would like to take this time to thank 3 legends of the NBL. Chris Anstey, Sam Mackinnon and Tony Ronaldson. I got to win a gold medal at the commonwealth games with Sam and Bear while I shared my Olympic experience with Chris. All three I have admired since I remember starting to watch basketball. Chris and I built our friendship on respect initially but have turned into great mates since I moved to Melbourne. Sam was someone I idolized as a kid. I was nervous as all hell the first time I met him but enjoyed our time with Boomers commitments before becoming teammates this season. Bear was awesome for me at the Comm games and everyone would agree that he is a champion on and off the court. The NBL will have a big void to fill with three NBL Champions not lacing up the boots next year.

Until next time I'm having a beer cause we are out the playoffs.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Happy new year and a happy new NBL team

First off hope everyone enjoyed the festive season and that the start of the new year is going well for you. Tonight I've decided to play the role of NBL owner. With talk of teams coming back next year (Kings, Bullets and Dragons) and everyone supposedly on one year deals, I was wondering who would be the team that I would go after If I was an owner. I had this conversation the other week with Anstey when he came over to dinner and we both did all Australian teams. I'm guessing my team so I don't actually know if it would all work within the rules but I'm not picking an all star team. It'll be interesting to hear your thoughts and please send in your own teams.

PG: Adam Gibson

Its been a year for the point guards in our league. So many great Import leaders running around our courts but I'm going with my man Gibbo. He possess great defensive leadership and knows how to run a team. He can shoot the three and also doesn't mind throwing his weight around in the post. He is also a winner and has proof by already winning two championships.

SG: Kirk Penney

This guy should be playing in the NBA with all the offensive weaponry he has at his disposal. Has limitless range and has a knack for getting to the rim and foul line. Only problem might be having to relocate my team to New Zealand to get him on my team.

SF: Stephen Weigh

Think Stevie has come on in leaps and bounds this year. Had a form slump but he has terrific upside. If I was him I would be learning off the defensive end by watching his teammates Robbo and Damo at the moment and shooting everyday with Williamson and Lisch. 

PF: Adam Ballinger

Has been one of the standout imports in this league for a few years now. Balls is a great offensive player and has grit an passion in what he does. He is a no nonsense sort of guy and provides great leadership for Adelaide this year.

C: Matt Burston 

If he is healthy, give me this guy any day. Matty is a tremendous worker and is a smart big man in this league. He has great hands and a soft touch that can extend outside the three. He is also a great teammate and a competitive guy.


PG: Rhys Martin
SG: Nathan Herbert
SF: Tommy Greer
PF: Anthony Petrie
                                     C: Daniel Johnson

The bench is a nice blend of scoring, defense and hustle. They all compliment the starters in there own way. I don't know if they would fit point wise but it's a nice team if you ask me.
By the way my team would be coached by the master.....Phil Jackson

A bit of fun. Look forward to seeing your teams.
Until next time have a beer for me